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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop


Welcome to the Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Brandi Robinson, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

This hop features inspiring projects created using the newly released You Are Here Cricut Collection.  I absolutely LOVE this new collection!  While on the surface, it looks like a travel-themed collection (which it definitely is!), there are lots and lots of great images and titles that can be used for so much more than just travel-themed projects.  Think holidays, school, sports, weddings, everyday life, etc. etc.  AND as always the cartridge includes a great font.  If you have not checked out this new collection, what are you waiting for??  You will LOVE it!!

In the spirit of thinking outside the box and beyond the intended theme of the collection, I chose to make a Christmas layout with the fun holiday images from pages 22 and 23 of the handbook.  (To view the complete You Are Here handbook, click here.)  I also used a great sketch from Splitcoast Stampers.  I love these sketches because they give dimensions for each of the paper layers.



Supplies used:
*You Are Here Cricut Collection
*Beary Christmas paper packet
*Beary Christmas Picture My Life cards
*12" × 12" Cranberry cardstock
*12" × 12" Fern cardstock
*12" × 12" Glacier cardstock
*12" × 12" New England Ivy cardstock
*12" × 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Enchantment ribbon pack
*Beary Christmas dots
*Silver shimmer trim
*Marvy Uchida LePen journaling pen

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the Cricut You Are Here Collection Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Jean McNultyI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- A Little Bit of Pun


Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Krista Hershberger, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's featured stamp set is S1712 A Little Bit of Pun  (pictured below).  This set is only available until December 31st and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.

For today's project, I combined the trendy mermaid stamp from this set with the fun papers in the Bats & Cats paper packet.  I love how the Emerald color makes the mermaid tail look like Ariel's tail from The Little Mermaid.  To color the tail, I used my Emerald ink pad along with my small water brush.  By squeezing the top and bottom of the closed ink pad case, you can transfer ink from the actual ink pad to the inside of the lid -- giving you a perfect painting palette.  If you have never tried this quick & easy watercolor technique, you really should.  It's one of my favorites!

The card pattern comes from the free Basics Fundamental 64 Card Workshop Pattern CTMH shared on its blog a few weeks ago.  This great workshop shows you how to cut 22 out of 24 sheets in any of the Fundamentals paper packets to create the layering pieces for 64(!) cards.  The card patterns are so versatile, you can easily use them with other paper collections to create quick & simple cards like the one I have below.  To view the blog post and download your FREE copy of the workshop, click here.


Supplies used:
*A Little Bit of Pun stamp set (December SOTM)
*Cats & Bats paper packet
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Silver foil paper
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Emerald Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Waterbrush -- small round
*Clear sparkles
*Bitty sparkles

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month December Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Alyson MayoI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Just for Fun Blog Hop

Welcome to the Just for Fun Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Priscilla Gotham, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

This hop features lots of wonderful inspiration using the amazing Fundamentals collection -- on sale this month only for 30-40% off!

I recently started a new project series where I am challenging myself to create as many layouts as possible using a single packet of Fundamentals paper while working through the layout guides in the new Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 3.  And as if that isn't enough of a challenge, I decided to use the Raspberry papers and complements for the layout below.  Using pink is hard for me -- I am the mom of a 6 year old who is 100% boy and I never really been a girlie-girl myself.  So it's always fun and challenging to step outside my comfort zone and create with more feminine colors/patterns.  I cannot wait to add black & white photos of my husband and I to this layout!


Supplies used:
*coming soon*

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the Just for Fun Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Gina BrandstetterI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Close to My Heart Christmas Card Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Christmas Card Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Priscilla Gotham, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

My hop projects were made using the Workshop Your Way Joyful Tidings Cardmaking Instruction Guide -- HOWEVER, instead of using the Gold & Silver product collection, I used the Beary Christmas collection.  I love to use the various workshop guides and change them up by using different paper collections than originally intended.  Doesn't the Joyful Tidings WYW look great with Beary Christmas???


Joyful Tidings WYW Projects


WYW Project 1

WYW Project 2
Supplies used:
*Merry Everything stamp
*Beary Christmas paper packet
*12" x 12" Cranberry cardstock
*12" x 12" New England Ivy cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*Silver glitter paper
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*New England Ivy Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Clear Sparkles
*Foam tape
*Thin Cuts -- Basic Banners
*Thin Cuts -- Scallop Border

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the CTMH Christmas Card Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Gina BrandstetterI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Through the Year


Welcome to the November Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



If you came from visiting Priscilla Gotham, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's featured stamp set is S1711 Through the Year (pictured below).  This set is only available until November 30th and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.


I'm going to be perfectly honest with you... when I first saw this month's SOTM, I wasn't a big fan.  I actually considered not buying it.  But now that I've played with it, I am so HAPPY I did!!  This set is so much fun and really encouraged me to think out of my "normal stamping box".

(Layout sketch scraplifted from Pinterest.  Original artist unknown.)

Supplies used:
*Artistry Cricut cartridge
*Through the Year stamp set
*12" × 12" White Daisy cardstock
*12" × 12" Black cardstock
*12" × 12" Eggplant cardstock
*12" × 12" Fern cardstock
*12" × 12" Heather cardstock
*12" × 12" Peacock cardstock
*12" × 12" Poppy cardstock
*12" × 12" Saffron cardstock
*12" × 12" Sapphire cardstock
*Archival Black Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Eggplant Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Fern Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Peacock Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Poppy Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Saffron Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Sapphire Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Clear sparkles

*Circle and scallop punches from my stash

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month November Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Darlys ReckerI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop -- Christmas Tunes


Welcome to the October Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!



If you came from visiting Priscilla Gotham, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

The month's featured stamp set is S1710 Christmas Tunes (pictured below).  This set is only available until October 31st and is only $5 with a $50 Close to My Heart purchase.


I love Christmas music!   I dare you not to start singing -- in your head or out loud -- when looking at the stamps in this set.  There is just something so catchy and cheery about Christmas songs.  I'm not sure what it is... maybe it's that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you hear them or maybe it's the memories that come back to you when a certain song comes on.  Whatever it is, this month's stamp of the month set will have you singing in no time!

For today's hop, I created a simple, yet festive Christmas card using Beary Christmas collection.  I like to keep my Christmas cards simple and easy to mass produce.  Do you make your own Christmas cards?



Supplies used:
*Christmas Tunes stamp set (October SOTM)
*12" x 12" Pebble cardstock
*12" x 12" Pewter cardstock
*12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock
*5 1/2" X 4 1/4" white cards & envelopes, value pack
*Cranberry Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Beary Christmas Dots

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Stamp of the Month October Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Sheila BennettI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop


Welcome to the Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Gina Brandstetter, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

To create the layout below, I used a sketch from the new fabulous How-To collection -- Make It From Your Heart, Vol 3.  I absolutely love our how-to collections.  They are a great starting point for scrapbooking... especially when you are stuck or struggling to find your scrappy mojo.


Supplies used:
*Make It from Your Heart, Volume 3
*Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (retired)
*Flower Market Cricut cartridge
*Falling for You paper packet
*12" × 12" Espresso cardstock
*12" × 12" Fern cardstock
*12" × 12" Goldrush cardstock
*12" × 12" Saffron cardstock
*12" × 12" Toffee cardstock
*12" × 12" White Daisy cardstock
*White & Bronze twine
*Bronze sequins

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart Holiday Expressions New Product Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Janna GrayI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Stamping Month Blog Hop


Welcome to the National Stamping Month Blog Hop!


If you came from visiting Gina Brandstetter, then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon my little corner of the blog world, simply start here and continue hopping until you return here -- our fun hop is one big loop for your viewing pleasure. 

In celebration of National Stamping Month, Close to My Heart is offering an exclusive card kit and stamp set called From the Heart.  The exclusive From the Heart card kit gives you all the materials you need for creating 12 interactive cards, including an E-size stamp set with heartfelt sentiments and stamps you can layer together for exquisitely artistic cards.  You can also purchase the stamp set separately as well as additional sets of card bases/envelopes.  For full details on this special, you can visit my CTMH website.

For today's hop, we were challenged to go beyond the kit and create original artwork using the stamp set and/or the kit components themselves.  I chose to set the kit aside and focus on the beautiful sentiments in the stamp set.  As a fun bonus challenge to myself, I decided to participate in the color dare #260 challenge from Color My Heart Color Dare -- using colors Willow, Raspberry, Bashful, White Daisy and Charcoal.

And if that wasn't enough to pack into one project, I found a 6x6 one-sheet wonder template on Pinterest to scraplift.  Have you ever tried a one-sheet wonder?  They are fun templates designed to help you get the most out of your patterned paper; some 12x12 designs even stretch your paper to create 20+ cards!  The pattern I chose was for 4 cards from 1 6x6 piece of B&T patterned paper.


For a larger / closer view of any of the cards, please click on the image below.

 

 

Supplies used:
*From the Heart stamp set (September Exclusive Special)
*Basics Fundamental paper packet
*Bashful glitter paper
*White cards & envelopes value pack
*Charcoal 12" x 12" card stock
*Raspberry 12" x 12" card stock
*White Daisy 12" x 12" card stock
*Bashful Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Charcoal Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Raspberry Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Willow Exclusive Inks stamp pad
*Black Memento ink pad
*Waterbrush - small round
*Bitty Sparkles

To order these or any of our other fabulous Close to My Heart products, please visit http://jddesigns.ctmh.com.

Thank you for visiting me at {jd designs} and for hopping with us on the Close to My Heart National Stamping Month Blog Hop!  Next up on the hop is Janna GrayI hope you'll hop on over to her blog for more inspiration.

Until next time, design with {heart}!